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  1. I cruise in 9 days, and it will be my 4th aft facing balcony.  The view is amazing, and yes, there is less foot traffic.  Additionally, the balconies are usually bigger (deeper) than balconies on the sides of the ship.  There is more room to sit and lounge.  We had an aft balcony in the Havana area on Vista last year.  The balcony was HUGE.  We stacked the deck furniture up and had at least 15 people comfortably out there for sail-away.

  2. We will be taking this same cruise on Sept. 8th.  Couple of questions...  Do the self-serve laundry machines on the Glory take S&S cards?  Did you ever find a secret hot-tub/whirlpool in the spa area that did not require a spa pass or spa cabin?  Do you remember which pier your tender docked at in Grand Cayman?

    Thanks for the great review.  I am living vicariously through your adventures...  9 day countdown (with a 3-day pre-cruise vacation in NOLA).

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  3. We have FTTF for our cruise on the Glory in two weeks.  We have an early non-Carnival excursion scheduled for Grand Cayman.  How do we take advantage of the priority tender access?  Do we have to go to guest services?  Do we just squeeze past others lined-up for the tender and likely annoy them?  We need to be ashore at 8:00 a.m. 

  4. Your review seemed like a big preview for my Sept. 8th cruise.  We are staying at the Hampton, have a deck 7 aft cabin, and also have FTTF.    I really appreciate all of the information.


    Thanks for the reminders and heads-up about Doctor's Cave Beach.  We went there a few years ago and plan to again.  We previously experienced something similar to your transport issues.  When the bus driver tried to convince all of the passengers to take her tour, I insisted that we were told that we had a direct taxi to the beach.  She grumbled, but still took us directly to the beach.  She definitely confused/intimidated a bunch of the other passengers.  If we encounter the same arguments that you did, we will do the same as you and just get off and walk the rest of the way.  Yep, not far.  It's a shame about your seats on the beach.  Last time, we had plenty of room and great beachside food/drink service.  I will definitely keep your issues in mind when getting our chairs and umbrella set up.


    Since you drove to the port, you can't address this question, but I am not sure about how to arrange transport from the cruise terminal to the airport after disembarkation.  I know that I could use the Carnival shuttle, but it's often over-priced.

  5. You guys are awesome. I am putting the pieces together.


    Regal Princess - April 1996 - I had totally forgotten about Mayreau, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

    Star Princess - December 1996 - I had the St. Croix stop listed for the April cruise. Thanks for the correction!

    Dawn Princess - December 1999 - San Juan, Aruba, Caracas, Grenada, Dominica, St. John

  6. I've been scanning all of my old photos, negatives, and slides. I confess that some of them got scattered / lost / disorganized.

    I am trying to figure out what the itineraries were for a few of cruises that I took back in 1996 and 1999. Any help or guidance would be appreciated.


    April 1996 - Regal Princess, 7 Day Caribbean out of San Juan (I know that we stopped in Barbados on April 8th)


    December 1996 - Star Princess, 7 Day Caribbean out of Ft. Lauderdale (I know that we stopped in Nassau and Princess Cays)


    December 1999 - Dawn Princess, 7 Day Southern Caribbean out of San Juan (I know that we stopped in Caracas)


    Thanks! I can't find anything online.

  7. In the past we haven’t brought much (definitely no iPhone), have waterproof cameras, and take turns watching for each other. This year, I’ve bought a lockbox safe that I can attach to a heavy or immovable object. I know that it’s not foolproof, but it will be a major deterrent. A thief would either have to have cable cutters or steal the chair/table/umbrella I will attach it to. Both would draw attention to them.



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